Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/15886
Title: Fatalities of repair, maintenance, minor alteration, and addition works in Hong Kong
Authors: Hon, CKH
Chan, APC 
Keywords: Fatalities
Maintenance
Repair
Two-step cluster analysis
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Elsevier
Source: Safety science, 2013, v. 51, no. 1, p. 85-93 How to cite?
Journal: Safety science 
Abstract: This study examines fatalities of repair, maintenance, minor alteration, and addition (RMAA) works which occurred in Hong Kong between January 2000 and October 2011. A total of 119 RMAA fatalities were recorded. Particular emphasis was placed on fall from height accidents as they accounted for the vast majority of RMAA fatal accidents for the period. A cluster analysis was conducted on fall from height fatal cases. The cluster analysis clearly identified three groups of fall from height fatalities: (1) bamboo scaffolders aged between 25 and 34 who fell from external wall/facade in the beginning of weekdays; (2) miscellaneous workers aged between 45 and 54 who fell from other/unknown places in the end of weekdays; and (3) manual labour aged between 35 and 44 who fell at floor level/from floor openings in weekends. Unsafe process and improper procedures were the main unsafe condition leading to fatalities whereas safety belt not properly used was the main unsafe action leading to fatalities. Specific safety interventions were recommended for each of these groups to help avoid these fatalities.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/15886
ISSN: 0925-7535
DOI: 10.1016/j.ssci.2012.06.013
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